Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is working tirelessly to improve, and he even thinks he has weaknesses that he must fix to take his game to the next level.
“You always have to get better,” Brown said, per Teresa Varley of the team’s official website. “You are either getting better or you are getting worse. This offseason I attacked it, working on little things. Trying to improve on it every day and continuing to grow. I surrounded myself with some good trainers, some good people that can bring out the best in me. This offseason was an opportunity for me to attack my weaknesses and hone in on things I can get better at.”
That may feel shocking to some, hearing Brown talk about having a weakness. After all, it’s nearly indisputable that he’s one of the top five wideouts in the NFL, and there are those who think he’s the very best.
“Arguably the NFL’s best wide receiver, Antonio Brown just wrapped up his fourth-straight season with 100-plus catches and 1,200-plus receiving yards,” wrote NFL.com’s Matt Harmon while discussing how Brown creates separation from defenders. “He’s scored 43 touchdowns over that span, as well. Thus, it is no surprise to see him atop this ranking of No. 1 receivers.”
With praise like that, and those statistics, what weaknesses could Brown have to correct?
“I worked on my strength, full control of the body, I got my core right,” Brown said. “That has been an asset.”
For Brown, it’s not just about getting better. It’s about pushing the rest of the team to improve, as well.
“We all come here to set the standard,” Brown added. “The guy behind us or the next man in line should do it better. I try to set a tempo and pace guys can relate to and see. I am catching passes, finishing the ball. Hopefully the guys in the room take heed to all of those things. Those are things that make a difference in you being a great player.”